Discussing the “Next Generation” of the CET
does the CET fit into the overall scheme of faculty development at
is the primary purpose of the CET and what should its priorities be?
CET serve as a referral and resource center? The initiator of programs
and activities? A think tank? A
training center? A counseling center?
does it take to support teaching at UNI?
How does the enhancement of teaching fit in with other forms of
faculty development and faculty support?
can the CET best serve the full range of faculty teaching needs, which are
variable across disciplines, career stages, organizational position, and
degree of interest. For example,
what extent should activates be centralized or decentralized or some of
does the center serve faculty at beginning, mid-career and late stages of
an academic career?
can the CET help mentors, department heads, deans and staff in their
efforts to support teaching excellence?
much involvement does UNI faculty want in the selection, design and
implementation of programs? Is
faculty interested in playing a role as activity leaders? Expert
can we best serve all those who teach, including graduate students,
adjuncts and term instructors and tenure track faculty?
should this function be named, and where should it be administratively
housed and funded? The broad
outlines of the CET affect such issues as
CET’s relationship with professional assessment, PAC’s, departments and
CET’s relationship to ITS and the Center for Educational Technology
is the best way to provide a "safe" space for individual
faculty who might need support beyond what is available in their department/college?
best way to foster interdisciplinary contact and collaboration
should the center be staffed?
There is a wide range of ways to staff a faculty development
function. Do we want to search for
Center Director? And should a director hold a faculty position? If so,
what is the appropriate departmental home? Should the director be expected to teach on a regular
basis? How much of a teaching
staff of rotating or shared faculty release positions?
technical staff that can administer a knowledge management system, such
as a “Yellow Pages” model or on-line discussion network? Do we want to expand the current
website into an interactive resource?
other issues, concerns or suggestions does the UNI faculty have?
Forward your comments to the Advisory Committee of the
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching by email
to Dale Cyphert, chair.